Further to previous communications regarding national guidance on Avian Influenza (Bird Flu), the UK’s Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) have advised that the Avian Influenza Prevention Zone previously in force across England has been lifted and no longer applies.
This means that keepers of birds and poultry are no longer required to follow the strict biosecurity measures put in place by APHA as a result of the Prevention Zone. However, APHA continue to encourage keepers to follow their biosecurity best practice advice, whether they have commercial flocks or just a few backyard birds.
APHA have advised that the decision to revoke the Prevention Zone is based on the latest scientific evidence and veterinary advice, and that they will keep disease control measures under review.
You can sign up to the APHA Alerts Service to receive future updates and keep up to date with their latest news.
If people keep poultry or other captive birds, APHA insist that they continue to take appropriate action to reduce the risk of disease in their flock by following normal government advice on biosecurity.
This applies to those who keep a few birds as pets as well as owners of large commercial flocks. Details of biosecurity advice for keepers of birds and poultry can be found on the DEFRA/APHA website.
APHA also encourage all keepers to register their birds so that the agency can contact them quickly if there is a disease outbreak in their area and they need to take action.
Anyone with more than 50 birds is legally required to register their flock within one month of the birds arriving at their premises.
Find out how to register birds.
Reporting signs of disease
DEFRA/APHA advise that owners must continue to keep a close watch on their birds for any signs of disease, and must seek prompt advice from their vet if they have any concerns. If anyone suspects any type of avian influenza they must report it immediately by calling the DefraRural Services Helpline on 03000 200 301.
We have attached a helpful DEFRA/APHA poster with simple advice for anyone keeping a small number of birds. This is useful guidance for anyone who keeps poultry.
Further information about Avian Influenza (bird flu) is available to keepers of birds and poultry, and to members of the public by visiting: www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu
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